Jackson Jaguars News

February/March 2020

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Jackson Elementary's Mission and Vision

The Jackson staff, in partnership with the community, will prepare students for a better tomorrow by

  • Using AVID strategies that support individual perseverance and academic success
  • Engaging students in opportunities to collaborate and take ownership of their own learning
  • Participating in goal setting, data-driven discussions, and focused instruction
  • Creating an environment that fosters trust, encouragement, and positive relationships

Principally Speaking

Jackson Parents/Guardians,

Happy New Year to each of you! Did you know that Jackson has been an AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) school for the past four years? Did you also know that Jackson was chosen to be an AVID National Showcase School during the 2018-2019 and again during this school year? Jackson will be showcasing our work with AVID on March 6th. This is an opportunity for educators from all over Colorado to see how AVID is used at Jackson.

What is AVID?

Advancement via Individual Determination “AVID” is a program that uses best practices to help support students in their learning. Students at Jackson have learned how to organize their thinking and notes. They have learned what it takes to be a Successful Student and how to work with one another to learn from each other. Students get to move more throughout the day, interacting with each other and the lessons being taught. We have seen a tremendous improvement in our state test scores and in every day learning. AVID is truly a wonderful program that has helped our students in every aspect of their learning!

Inclement Weather Policy

During these cold and unpredictable months, please encourage your child(ren) to come to school every day with the proper warm attire. If you are missing a coat/jacket, please stop by the Lost N Found or ask your child(ren) to stop by during the day. If the temperature is at or above 18 degrees, students will line up outside in the morning and go out for recess.

On a snowy, cold morning, please check your local news station, the District 11 webpage, the Jackson Facebook page, the D11 Loop to determine if there will be a Snow Day (ie. No school at all) or a 2-Hour Delay (school starting at 10:00am). If there is a 2-Hour Delay, students may not arrive before 9:45am. Breakfast is not served on these days, as lunch begins at 11:20, shortly after arrival.

Attendance and Tardies

Now that we are halfway through the school year, I wanted to thank you for helping to ensure the success of your student, by bringing them every day to school on time. I am sure you have noticed that we have high expectations for our students behaviorally and academically. It is very important that your child be on time to school every day. Jackson staff start instruction at 8:00am so even a few minutes late causes students to miss instruction. Please make sure to call the Attendance Line should your child(ren) need to be absent or late.

Read Across America Day -March 20, 2020

Our annual Read Across America Day is coming up! On the last day, before Spring Break, students will be engaged in activities throughout the day focused around reading. They will get the opportunity to hear stories read by community members, participate in reading-related lessons, and possibly participate in Reader’s Theater. Students and staff are encouraged to dress up as their favorite story book character for the day. It is a day not to be missed!

Thank you,

Sara G. Miller

Principal, Jackson Elementary

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Message from PTO

PTO wants to thank every and all students, parents, guardians and families that helped us with the Popcorn Fundraiser. You all made $4,611 for our school playground improvements. It was an amazing success. We love our Jackson community.”

Musical Notes

Music Notes

As we head through the second half of the school year, Jackson Elementary will continue to be alive with music. These important dates are:

Friday, February 28th – 2nd & 3rd Grade Concert Program This program will feature the second grade choir (Amiot, Motzer, and Gardner-2) and the third grade recorder classes (Morton, Essick and Gardner-3) at 1:30pm and 6:00pm

Tuesday, March 17th – Band Concert at Holmes Middle School featuring the combination of several 5th grade bands from the west side (7:00 pm).

Friday, May 8th – Instrumental Concert Program This program will feature the 4th and 5th Grade Band and 4th and 5th Grade Orchestra. (1:30pm and 6:00pm)

We hope you can attend these wonderful music events. Thank you all for the encouragement you give to your students in appreciating music.

Musically yours,

Mr. Miller

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Media Center Moments

Read Across America

We will be celebrating Read Across America on Friday, March 20th. We will have guest readers coming in to read books to the students and we will be doing fun reading activities in the classrooms. We look forward to this being a fun day for everyone!

Battle of the Books

The Jackson Elementary Battle of the Books team has been chosen. The 5th Grade students were selected by the number of books they have read since we began the Battle of the Books meetings in October.

Congratulations go to Kaiden C, Anthony G, Isolda I, and Aayliah M! Our team will be competing at the District 11 competition on February 20th and at the Colorado Springs Area Battle of the Book competition on April 16th. Congratulations and keep on reading!

Rhonda Sobecki

Library Technology Educator, Jackson

Volunteers Needed in the Media Center

We need help with shelving in the library on a weekly basis. If you are able to commit to a couple hours a week – that would be a huge help. Please contact Mrs. Sobecki (328-5824 or rhonda.sobecki@d11.org ) if you are able to volunteer.


Please stop by and check our Lost and Found box! We have already collected many items!
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Box Tops

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Before and After School Care

*Led by reliable, caring, trained and competent staff

*Located on school grounds, easy for children to participate in after-school activities

*Science, Math and Art daily

*Homework Help

For More Information Conact:

Linda Wilson






Feb 13 PTO Meeting 2:45

Feb 17 President's Day NO SCHOOL

Feb 20 Battle of The Books

Feb 20 Pre School Library Night 6 - 7:00

Feb 28 Music Performance 1:30/6:00


March 2-3 Talent Show Tryouts

March 4 Chipotle Night Fundraiser 4-8:00 p.m. Garden of The Gods

March 6 AVID Showcase 8-12:00

March 9 NO SCHOOL Data Collaboration Day

March 10 NO SCHOOL Teacher Work Day

March 12 Callbacks for Talent Show

March 12 PTO Meeting 2:45

March 13 Acceptance Notices to go home for talent show

March 16 Mobile Zoo comes for Kindergarten

March 18 Rehearsal for Talent Show 2:30-4

March 19 Talent Show 1:30/6:00

March 20 Read Across America


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